Excerpt from JCYC Up Close Spring 2019 On April 12th, I had the great pleasure of attending the 30th anniversary of our child care program, Chibi Chan Preschool. It was a wonderful affair attended by former parents and many young adults who were once precious toddlers in our care. The Chibi Chan staff, led by our fabulous Director Shana Kanzaki, decorated the room beautifully with photos of past classes dating all the way back to the beginning.  Seeing families and past participants coming together to celebrate our amazing preschool got me thinking about the past 30 years. The school today has come so far since its humble beginnings. I can still recall the challenges of starting Chibi Chan. To this day, we remain grateful to Pine Methodist Church for allowing JCYC to launch the school at their facility.  As a brand new, unproven operation, recruiting families proved difficult in those early years. Fortunately, Chibi Chan founder Julie Matsueda and lead teacher Anna Sawamura were known and trusted in the community. While Chibi Chan steadily gained credibility, for years the school struggled with enrollment. Any preschool that is not fully enrolled will face financial challenges and the number of children that Pine Church could be licensed for resulted in significant budget deficits. However, despite major financial challenges, JCYC remained committed to this program. Though we often grappled with the future of Chibi Chan, and closing the school would have been a reasonable decision for many organizations, the leadership of JCYC knew these services were critical and refused to give up on the program. The fortunes of Chibi Chan changed dramatically when the school moved to a newly renovated Rose Court community in 2001. The pristine development led by Sister Catherine DeBack and the Domincan Sisters not only had space which was specifically designed for child care, but it could also be licensed for a larger number of children. The beautiful space designed by the Sisters proved to be irresistible to prospective parents, and the once fledgling school soon had a multi-year waiting list. As I reflect on the past 30 years (and yes, I’ve been around for all of them!), I can not help but feel a tremendous sense of gratitude. Gratitude for all the families who have entrusted us with their toddlers and preschoolers. I also feel so fortunate for all the incredible leadership and teachers who have made our preschool one of the best in all of San Francisco. I’d like to thank our stellar staff both past and present, for you have put so many children on the path to a wonderful and productive education and all of us at JCYC are so immensely proud of what you have achieved. Sincerely, Jon Osaki To download a complete version of JCYC Up Close Spring 2019, click here.

A Message from the Executive Director

NAVIGATION
JCYC’S SOCIAL MEDIA
ADDRESS 2012 Pine Street San Francisco, CA 94115
CONTACT info@jcyc.org Tel:  (415) 202-7900 Fax: (415) 346-1948
Chibi Chan in the 1990s
NAVIGATION
JCYC’S SOCIAL MEDIA
ADDRESS 2012 Pine Street San Francisco, CA 94115
CONTACT info@jcyc.org Tel:  (415) 202-7900 Fax: (415) 921-1841

A Message from the

Executive Director

Excerpt from JCYC Up Close Spring 2019 On April 12th, I had the great pleasure of attending the 30th anniversary of our child care program, Chibi Chan Preschool. It was a wonderful affair attended by former parents and many young adults who were once precious toddlers in our care. The Chibi Chan staff, led by our fabulous Director Shana Kanzaki, decorated the room beautifully with photos of past classes dating all the way back to the beginning.  Seeing families and past participants coming together to celebrate our amazing preschool got me thinking about the past 30 years. The school today has come so far since its humble beginnings. I can still recall the challenges of starting Chibi Chan. To this day, we remain grateful to Pine Methodist Church for allowing JCYC to launch the school at their facility.  As a brand new, unproven operation, recruiting families proved difficult in those early years. Fortunately, Chibi Chan founder Julie Matsueda and lead teacher Anna Sawamura were known and trusted in the community. While Chibi Chan steadily gained credibility, for years the school struggled with enrollment. Any preschool that is not fully enrolled will face financial challenges and the number of children that Pine Church could be licensed for resulted in significant budget deficits. However, despite major financial challenges, JCYC remained committed to this program. Though we often grappled with the future of Chibi Chan, and closing the school would have been a reasonable decision for many organizations, the leadership of JCYC knew these services were critical and refused to give up on the program. The fortunes of Chibi Chan changed dramatically when the school moved to a newly renovated Rose Court community in 2001. The pristine development led by Sister Catherine DeBack and the Domincan Sisters not only had space which was specifically designed for child care, but it could also be licensed for a larger number of children. The beautiful space designed by the Sisters proved to be irresistible to prospective parents, and the once fledgling school soon had a multi-year waiting list. As I reflect on the past 30 years (and yes, I’ve been around for all of them!), I can not help but feel a tremendous sense of gratitude. Gratitude for all the families who have entrusted us with their toddlers and preschoolers. I also feel so fortunate for all the incredible leadership and teachers who have made our preschool one of the best in all of San Francisco. I’d like to thank our stellar staff both past and present, for you have put so many children on the path to a wonderful and productive education and all of us at JCYC are so immensely proud of what you have achieved. Sincerely, Jon Osaki To download a complete version of JCYC Up Close Spring 2019, click here.
Chibi Chan in the 1990s